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Romania approves US missile interceptors
Associated Press
2011-12-16 01:30 AM
Romania has given final approval for the building of an anti-ballistic interceptor site in the country as part of a U.S. missile shield.

In September, Romania and the U.S. signed an accord to install the interceptors at the Deveselu air base near Romania's border with Bulgaria. Romania's Parliament approved a law earlier this month and Basescu signed it Thursday.

Basescu says the work can now begin at the base.

The Romanian site is part two of a four-part plan that the Obama administration outlined in 2009. The plan, opposed by Russia, is designed to counter the threat of short-to-medium-range missiles. The U.S. says its plan would be able to counter a threat from Iran earlier than a Bush-era proposal to use long-range interceptors based in Poland.

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